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Timothy R Facemire
Timothy R Facemire, 34, of Jasper, Alabama died at home suddenly. He was born August 21, 1971 and raised in Braxton County. He was a 1990 graduate of Braxton County High School. Timothy was a coal miner and a member of Mt. Zion Church. He worked for Drhummen Coal of Jasper, Alabama. He is survived by his wife Tracy Lynn Facemire; mother Diane Facemire; father James Facemire; brother Brandon Facemire; sisters Julie Facemire and Karisa Facemire; nephew Parker Chaz Facemire; Grandmother Earlene Facemire (Grandfather, the late Ray Facemire). Also, all his aunts and uncles and Grandmother Myrtle Jackson (Grandfather, the late Archie Jackson). Please no flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Tim’s Name. There will be a memorial service at the New Life Chapel on Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 2 p.m. All friends and family welcome.

Lola “Ruth” Bragg
Lola “Ruth” Bragg, 82, of Murray Road, New Cumberland, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005. She formerly worked for Fletchers of Dunbar, West Virginia and the Weston State Hospital as a nurse’s aide, and also for Goodyear in Ohio. She retired from Homer McLaughlin and last worked for Miners Auction. She was a member of the Glendale Church of the Nazarene of Newell, The Farm Woman’s Club, Penova C.B. Club, The Panhandle React and the New Manchester Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She was an avid bingo player. Besides her parents, her husband, Aaron W. Bragg, preceded her in death. Two children, Althea Rose Bragg and Ruth Marie Bragg; a grandson, Carl Edgell Jr.; a great-granddaughter, Randa Land; three brothers, William, Carl Jr. and John Harris; and two sisters, Mona Bright and Phyllis Stalnaker, also preceded her in death. She is survived by her three sons, Albert Bragg and wife Mary of East Liverpool, Frank Bragg and wife Annette of Murray Road of New Cumberland and Bill Bragg and wife Bunny of New Manchester; a daughter, Mrs. Fritz (Angie) Birkhimer Sr. of East Liverpool; eight grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brother, Delmas Harris of Flatwoods, West Virginia and four sisters, Alice Knicley of Sutton, West Virginia, Betty Bright of Sutton, Patsy Vanderwarp of St. Clair Shore, MI and Sharon Hudkins of Sutton. Funeral services were held November 9, at the Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Davidson officiating. Interment followed at the Locust Hill Cemetery of Chester.

Evelyn Cook Whitman
Evelyn Cook Whitman, 89, of Frametown, died November 11, 2005 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born April 15, 1916 a daughter of the late Elbin and Bessie Fox Cook. She was a schoolteacher, merchant and worked in the furniture industry. She was a member of the Hope Baptist Church, Frametown. Son, John Whitman and his wife, Betsy of Chino Hills, CA; daughter, Andrea Cragg of Frametown; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive her. In addition to her parents, husband, Newton Kirk Whitman in 1977, also preceded her in death. Memorial service will be 2 pm Sunday, November 27 at the Hope Baptist Church, Frametown with Pastor Rich Demastus and Pastor Renee’ Tyo officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Hope Baptist Church, HC 61 Box 21, Frametown, WV 26624. Arrangements made by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Laverne Lee Holcomb
Laverne Lee Holcomb, 74, of Dille, West Virginia, died Saturday, November 12, 2005, at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital at Gassaway, West Virginia. She was born May 17, 1931, the daughter of the late Carl Hickman & Thelma Morris Hickman. Her husband, Tommy Holcomb, preceded her in death. Laverne was a self-employed cosmetologist and a member of the Big Union Baptist Church at Dille. Surviving is daughters, Merry Cogar of Dille, West Virginia and Pam Mitchell & husband Stephen of Jasper, FL., son, Timothy Cochran & wife Becki of Birch River, West Virginia, sister, Billie Mollohan & husband Bud of Seville, OH, Lynn Hickman & wife Patty of Orangeburg, SC, Jack Hickman & wife Virginia of Charleston, WV. grandchildren; Tammy Birchard, Stephen Mitchell, Jr., DeeDee Hughes, Tameria Bush, Emma & Jordan Cochran, several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held November 17 at the Big Union Baptist Church, with Rev. Danny Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the Walnut Grove Cemetery near Strange Creek, West Virginia. Arrangements were under the direction of Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home of Flatwoods, West Virginia.

Maxine P Hoover
Maxine P Hoover, 70, of Warren, Ohio died November 13, 2005 at her residence. She was born June 8, 1935 in Widen, West Virginia the daughter of the late James & Grace Britton Rhodes. Also preceding her in death were her son Thomas Jay Hoover who died in 1992; 5 brothers Everett, Floyd Earl, George, Jimmy & Elwood Rhodes; 2 sisters Betty Evans and Helen McMahon. She was a homemaker. Her husband Ralph H survives her. Hoover of Warren, OH; 2 sons Timothy and Bradford Lee Hoover and wife Jo Beth; 1 daughter Rebecca Jean Vaughn; 1 brother Phillip Rhodes of Loganville, GA and 1 sister Virginia Rhodes of Sutton, WV and 3 grandchildren Keith, Jessica & Jason. Funeral services were held November 17 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Dr. Mel Grubaugh officiating. Burial was in the Braxton County Cemetery, Airport Road near Sutton, WV. Funeral arrangements by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Doy A. Taylor, Sr.
Doy A. Taylor, Sr., 79, a lifelong resident of Centralia, West Virginia died Monday, November 14, 2005 at Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia after a long illness. He was born May 14, 1926 to the late Charles C. and Bertha V. Pickens Taylor. Also preceding him in death were 3 children David, Daniel & Twila; two brothers Leon & Claude Taylor; and one sister Clarinda Greene. Doy was a member of the Centralia United Methodist Church. He was employed as a Steel Mill worker, and was a WWII Navy Veteran. Surviving him are his wife Carol Payne Taylor; son; Doy A. Taylor, Jr of Burnsville, West Virginia; sister Grace Russell of Kimboltown, OH; and one grandson Doy A. Taylor, III. Funeral services were held November 18 at Centralia United Methodist Church, with Rev. William Griffin officiating. Burial was in the Centralia Cemetery. Green-Robertson Funeral Home of Sutton, WV is serving the Taylor family.

Mary Morgan Gibson Detch
Mary Morgan Gibson Detch, 87, of Lewisburg passed away November 7, 2005. Born September 5, 1918 in Stinson (Calhoun County), she was the daughter of Morgan Burl Morgan and Eliza Richardson Morgan Hughes. She was an eighth descendant of Colonel Morgan Morgan, the first white settler in West Virginia. She is preceeded in death by her first husband, Richard Vernon Gibson in 1972; her second husband, John L. Detch in 1997; two brothers, R. Frederick Hughes and George V. Morgan; and a nephew Donald Morgan. She graduated from Gassaway High School at the age of 16 and began working for Braxton County Board of Education. Mrs. Detch received her shorthand court reporting training in Washington D.C. In 1952, she began her career as a shorthand court reporter for Judge Nickell Kramer in the 11th Circuit, where she worked for 38 years. Mrs. Detch was a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church and the WV Court Reporters Association. Surviving Mrs. Detch are; her beloved sister Betty Hughes Hall of St. Albans; a son, John Morgan Gibson and his wife, Edith of Williamsburg; two daughters; Nancy Jo Hansen and her husband, Bruce of Orange, CT, and Ellen Gibson Goodwin and her husband, Stephen, of Mt. Alto; seven grandchildren: John M. Gibson II (Kathy) of Lewisburg; Michael S. Gibson (Jennifer) of Crab Orchard; Caroline Hansen Wilson (Jeffrey) of Orange CT; Christopher M. Hansen of Port Jefferson, NY; Alyssa Goodwin Gregg (Patrick) of Morgantown; Carte P. Goodwin (Rochelle) of Charleston; and T. Ryan Goodwin II (Aimee) of Trenton, IL; five great grandchildren: Morgan and Dillon Gibson; Henry Tilley; Jack and Megan Gibson; Wesley Goodwin; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are four stepchildren and their families: J. Lewis Detch (Julie) of Annapolis, MD; Charlotte D. Deitz (Rick) of Roanoke; Paul S. Detch (Barbara) of Lewisburg; and Ethel Detch (Steve Rogers) of Franklin, TN; and 12 step grandchildren. A memorial service was held at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church on November 21 at 11 am with the Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Kenaston officiating. Mrs. Detch donated her body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. In lieu of flowers, the family respectively requests that memorial gifts be made to the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 69, Lewisburg, WV 24901; Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901; or the WVU College of Law, PO Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26506-6130. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting wwfh.ourcondolences.com

James Donald “Don” Lemon
James Donald “Don” Lemon, 76, of Gassaway, died November 19, 2005, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. He was born June 4, 1929 in Gassaway, a son of the late James H and Nellie G Duffield Lemon. He was a mail carrier and a construction worker; he was a Baptist. He is survived by wife, Charlotte Singleton Lemon; sons, Donald Lemon of Flatwoods, Jim Lemon of Gassaway and John Lemon of Elkview; daughters, Virginia Ellen Lemon of Charleston and Regina Carr of Gassaway; brothers, Paul “Bus” Lemon, Harry Lemon and Ben Lemon all of Gassaway, Carl “Dick” Lemon of Mogadore, OH; sisters, Jeanette Barath of Akron, OH, Carol Carr of Elyria, OH; Joy Veard of Amherst, OH, Sally Skidmore of Gassaway, Linda Boggs of Garrettsville, OH; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Service was 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at Richard M Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Stephen J White officiating. Burial was in the Sugar Creek Cemetery at the head of Sugar Creek. Friends were able to call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Anna Margaret Westfall Watkins
Anna Margaret Westfall Watkins, 44, passed away November 20, 2005. She was born September 3, 1961. She was saved and baptized at the First Baptist Church of Grayson, GA in 1973. She is survived by her mother Marianna Morrison of Loganville, GA; her father Ronnel Westfall, and wife Brenda, of Exchange; one daughter, Lee Ann Martin of Loganville, GA; granddaughter Leah Chyanne Martin of Loganville, GA; sisters Ruth Ann Westfall of Heaters, Jennifer Mace of Sutton, Julie Jackson of Sutton and families; brother Adam Westfall of Exchange and family; grandparents Robert and Ruth Morrison of Sutton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service was held Friday, November 25th at Chapel of Prayer Baptist Church in Exchange with Pastor Randy Hamrick officiating.

Terrence Bryant (Terry) Cunningham
Terrence Bryant (Terry) Cunningham, 37, of Little Birch, passed away at his home on November 11, 2005. Terry was born December 21, 1967 in Nicholas County and lived in Braxton County. Graduated Braxton County High School 1986 and attended Glenville State College. He served in the US Army during Operation Desert Storm. Most Recently, Terry was employed as security guard for Allied Barton. Previously he worked as a mason and carpenter. Terry was an avid outdoor sportsman, a loving father and loyal friend. His companion of nineteen years Lisa Lynn Cunningham and son Tyler Kevin Cunningham survive Terry. He is also survived by his parents Roy Junior Cunningham and Audrey Irene (Holcomb) Cunningham of Little Birch, brothers Raymond Cunningham of Washington D.C. and Randal Chris Cunningham of Little Birch, and one niece, Meghin Rose Cunningham, Little Birch. Graveside services by Adams-Reed Funeral Home of Cowen, WV were held on November 13, 2005 at 2:30 pm at the Dale and Ocie Holcomb Cemetery in Erbacon, WV. Donations may be made to your favorite outdoor sports association.

Denzil “Denny” R. Dobbins
Denzil “Denny” R. Dobbins, 67, of Perry Township, formerly of Akron, passed away suddenly at his home on November 16, 2005. Denny was born in Braxton County on Dec. 1, 1937, moving to the Akron area at the age of 13. He was employed by Superior Meats for 26 years and retired from Nickles Bakery. He was also employed by the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, retiring after 27 years, while at the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. He was a member of the Teamster’s Local 92, a 32nd Degree Mason at the Coventry/Masonic Lodge 83, The Massillon VFW Post 3124, Turkeyfoot Sportsman Club, the Army Navy Union 250, and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his brother Jerry. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Cigich-Dobbins; daughter Christine Dobbins, and adopted daughter, Keri Dehoff, both of Massillon; stepsons, Steve (Paula) Gigich of Massillon and Tom (Kelly Graham) Cigich of Perry Township; stepdaughter Vicki (Bob) Francis of Canton; sister, Mary (Earl) Morris of Randolph Township; six grandchildren, and many other loving family and friends. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2005, at the Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (Route 619), with Rev. Jeff Matthews officiating. Calling hours were Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. with a Masonic Service performed at his lodge at 6 p.m. Interment at East Liberty Cemetery, with a veteran’s service conducted by Firestone Park VFW 3383.

Charles Don Brunt
Mr. Charles Don Brunt, 75 passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 1, 2005. He was born in Pickens, WV; he graduated from Sutton High School in 1950, played 4 years of football as a running back. He worked for Industrial Rayon in Cleveland, Ohio. He then joined the Navy in 1951 thru 1954, after that worked on B & O Railroad. Later he moved to Jacksonville, Florida where he worked for Florida East Coast Railroad as a conductor and brakeman. Later he started his own business as a locksmith call Brunt’s Lock & Key. Mr. Brunt was a member of Morocco Shrine, Jacksonville, Florida, disabled veteran DAV, VFW, was a Mason & Shriner at StrangeCreek, WV Lodge #130 Bigalow Lodge #4, Lane Ave. Church of God. He is survived by his wife, Noreen of 40 years, two children Sandra & Mark by his first wife Marla, one brother Russell (Gene), Cave City, KY and five sisters Georgia Smith, Cleveland, OH; Shirley Ortez, MelvinDale, MI; Dee Life, Elyria, OH Linda Claypoole, Heaters, WV Joanne Brunt, Jacksonville, FL Services are being held at Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:00 am at Peeples Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville, FL. Interment will follow at Baxley & Alma Georgia by Miles Chapel.

Delmer W. Conrad
Delmer W. Conrad, 64, of Burnsville, West Virginia, died Saturday, December 3, 2005, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital at Weston, after a short illness. He was born on McCauley Run, West Virginia on February 21, 1941, a son of the late Earl “Sam” Conrad and Dena McCauley Conrad who survives at Burnsville, West Virginia. His brother Dewey Lane Conrad also preceded him in death. Delmer was a U.S. Army veteran, member of the Camden Flats Baptist Church, lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the Burnsville Public Utility Board, a lifelong supporter of the WVU athletics and was a retired mine foreman for Island Creek Coal Company & Consolidated Coal. Surviving daughters; Deborah Sue Conrad of Keyser, West Virginia Loretta Michelle Conrad of Moorefield, West Virginia. Son; Anthony “Tony” Conrad & wife Kimberly of Glenville, West Virginia. Grandchildren; Brittany, Katie, Anthony & Blake Conrad. Funeral services will be at 1pm, Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at the Camden Flats Baptist Church at Glenville, West Virginia, with Rev. Anthony “Tony” Conrad officiating. Burial will follow in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens at Heaters. West Virginia

Donna D. Wimer
Donna D. Wimer, 41, of Sutton, West Virginia died December 3, 2005 at her residence. She was born January 31, 1964 in Falls Mills, West Virginia the daughter of the late Oliver and Flossie Williams Wimer. Also preceding her in death were 3 brothers Roy, Gerald David & Nathan Wimer and one sister Rose Marie Wimer. She was a homemaker. She is survived by 3 daughters Tiffany Petry of Winfield, W V, Betsy Riffle of Burnsville, WV and Brittany Riffle of Sutton, WV: 3 brothers Rondal Wimer of Falls Mill, W V, Charles Wimer of Buckhannon, WV and Herbert Wimer of Pidgeon Roost; and 5 sisters Anna Belle Wimer of Sand Fork, WV, Jean Blake of Clarksburg, WV, Judy Cunningham of Green Hill, Janet Williams of Winchester, VA, and Charlotte Linger of Buckhannon, WV. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 2:00 pm at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Mark Gerwig officiating. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery near Corley, WV. Funeral arrangements by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.


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